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Best small car

Seat Ibiza

The Seat Ibiza is the best small car on the market; it really has no major weakness

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Our top ten small cars

Name Starting from Target price What Car? rating

Seat Ibiza

Β£14,255 Β£11,729 Rated 5 out of 5
Seat Ibiza

Ford Fiesta

Β£tbc Β£12,887 Rated 5 out of 5
Ford Fiesta

Skoda Fabia

Β£10,500 Β£9,528 Rated 4 out of 5
Skoda Fabia

Hyundai i20

Β£11,760 Β£9,890 Rated 4 out of 5
Hyundai i20

Kia Rio

Β£12,000 Β£11,552 Rated 4 out of 5
Kia RIO

Volkswagen Polo

Β£13,860 Β£13,207 Rated 5 out of 5
Volkswagen Polo

Mini Hatchback

Β£15,905 Β£15,109 Rated 4 out of 5
Mini Hatchback

Audi A1

Β£15,565 Β£14,901 Rated 4 out of 5
Audi A1

Renault Clio

Β£12,450 Β£10,944 Rated 3 out of 5
Renault Clio

Honda Jazz

Β£14,240 Β£13,371 Rated 4 out of 5
Honda Jazz

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Also in this category

Name Starting from Target price What Car? rating

Nissan Micra

Β£12,345 Β£12,156 Rated 3 out of 5
Nissan Micra

CitroΓ«n C3

Β£11,505 Β£11,239 Rated 2 out of 5
CitroΓ«n C3

Mazda 2

Β£13,240 Β£12,903 Rated 3 out of 5
Mazda 2

Nissan Note

Β£tbc Β£tbc Rated 4 out of 5
Nissan Note

Alfa Romeo Mito

Β£13,790 Β£12,511 Rated 1 out of 5
Alfa Romeo Mito

DS DS 3

Β£15,315 Β£12,906 Rated 2 out of 5
DS DS 3

Dacia Sandero

Β£6,105 Β£6,093 Rated 3 out of 5
Dacia Sandero

Suzuki Swift

Β£11,945 Β£11,459 Rated 3 out of 5
Suzuki Swift

Vauxhall Corsa

Β£145 Β£11,050 Rated 2 out of 5
Vauxhall Corsa

Toyota Yaris

Β£13,245 Β£12,380 Rated 3 out of 5
Toyota Yaris

Peugeot 208

Β£145 Β£12,603 Rated 2 out of 5
Peugeot 208

Dacia Sandero Stepway

Β£8,745 Β£8,800 Rated 3 out of 5
Dacia Sandero Stepway

Mini Hatchback

Β£tbc Β£tbc Rated 4 out of 5
Mini Hatchback

Ford KA+

Β£tbc Β£tbc Rated 3 out of 5
Ford KA+

Suzuki Baleno

Β£12,945 Β£12,473 Rated 2 out of 5
Suzuki Baleno

Vauxhall Viva

Β£10,120 Β£9,897 Rated 3 out of 5
Vauxhall Viva

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How we define small cars

Small cars, or superminis as they’re also known, used to be bought by single people or couples with no children – but the likes of the Ford Fiesta, Seat Ibiza and VW Polo have grown to the point where they can be considered all-round family transport, albeit with the odd compromise.

The Fiesta remains a star of the class, thanks to its strong Ecoboost petrol engines and suspension settings that are beautifully judged for British roads. However, the latest Seat Ibiza offers even more practicality, decent performance and a neatly styled cabin that has the edge on the Ford’s for quality.

Any of these models will be a competent commuter car – especially if fitted with one of the increasingly popular small turbocharged petrol engines – but just remember that while you’ll be able to carry two adults and two children, it might still be a struggle to get all of their luggage into the boot.